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Simple Marinated Shrimp

My easy crowd-pleasing recipe is prepared a day ahead of time, cutting down on the need for party-day fuss. I always seem to get a lot of requests for the recipe whenever I make it for a special occasion. —Margaret DeLong, Lake Butler, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + marinating
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 2 pounds cooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced and separated into rings
  • 2 medium lemons, cut into slices
  • 1 cup pitted ripe olives, drained
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a 3-qt. glass serving bowl, combine shrimp, onion, lemons and olives. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine remaining ingredients; shake well. Pour over shrimp mixture and stir gently to coat.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours, stirring occasionally. Discard bay leaf before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 182 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 115mg cholesterol, 393mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 16g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 2 fat.

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  • Cynthia
    Jan 23, 2020

    I use shrimp as an appetizer often. This is the best one yet! Delicious! I can’t count the number of people who have asked for this recipe.

  • lindsey
    Nov 3, 2019

    My Mom made something similar in the 70's using canned shrimp and minus the olives

  • joycerm53
    Jan 3, 2019

    Excellent!! Interesting blend of flavors! Had it on an appetizer table, and everyone enjoyed it! Joyce Moynihan, Volunteer Field Editor

  • cindiak
    Oct 2, 2017

    I made this minus the olives and it was really good. Definitely have to let the flavors meld overnight for best results.

  • BubbaCLambrusco
    Jul 31, 2015

    Best Ever. Must do often. D

  • YUMYUM74
    Jun 29, 2015

    Totally WOW! A first I didn't think onions & shrimp were good together: Boy was I wrong! My guests loved it. I did leave out the olives because I didn't have any in the house (next time I'll try it with them).Thanks Margaret :)

  • cheekymonkee
    May 9, 2013

    It is quite elegant in an ice bowl. Everyone fancies me a proffesional when I make it.

  • Eden G.
    Dec 19, 2012

    No comment left

  • voodoowitch
    Dec 12, 2012

    Not sure what the fuss is all about. My husband and I love shrimp and found this to be totally inedible. The flavors did not compliment each other at all.

  • lunchladiesrule
    Jan 2, 2012